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PITTSBURGH - MARCH 01:  Tamika Louis, Assistant Coach of the St. John's Red Storm instructs Shenneika Smith #31 during a timeout against the Pittsburgh Panthers on March 1, 2010 at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. St. John's defeated Pittsburgh 77-65.  (Photo by Charles LeClaire/Getty Images)

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St. John’s Messed With History and Jumped Back Into the Rankings

Over the last couple of decades, it's been damn near impossible — at least in women's competition — to win a game of basketball in Storrs, Connecticut. The Huskies lose at home once in a blue moon, and on Saturday, they were looking to extend their record-breaking (their own record, that is) home winning streak to a nice, round, monumental number. A win over visiting St. John's would have made it an even 100 straight home wins, and they came pretty damn close to it. The Red Storm, though, kept the game tight the entire way behind strong performances from Nadirah McKenith and Da'Shena Stevens, and when Shenneika Smith's clutch three-pointer in the final seconds earned St. John's the 57–56 win, the No. 2 ranked Huskies were left to watch the meter whiz back to "000," resetting nearly five years' worth of unmitigated perfection. Pretty badass, St. John's.

And the Associated Press couldn't help but acknowledge the Red Storm for their badassery. This week's women's basketball rankings have St. John's — unranked since their unfortunate week one loss to St. Bonaventure — back in the mix. They sit at No. 20, while UConn slid two spots down to No. 4 overall. The Huskies' home streak, by the way, failed to crack triple digits, but still stands as the longest women's run of all time and tied for second for men's and women's ball combined (the University of Kentucky men won 127 straight in the early fifties!).

The Red Storm and their fancy new ranking will finish out Big East play this week with home games against West Virginia and Villanova, then an away matchup with No. 14–ranked Georgetown next Monday.

Photo: Charles LeClaire/Getty Images